Saskatchewan police forces will have their Drug Recognition Evaluators in the spotlight this month for SGI.
Every August, the crown insurance company focuses on impaired driving, and with cannabis legalization looming, the provinces DRE’s are getting some recognition.
Provincial D-R-E Training Coordinator Corporal Brian Ferguson said DRE’s are given extensive training.
“The officer has to be able to articulate property to a court, and to everybody what they saw, gives them that opinion that that person to operate a motor-vehicle is impaired by a specific drug category.”
Ferguson said mouth-fluid sensors will also be used in the field over time.
“We have to purchase them,the officers have to trained on it, the instructors have to be trained on it, so that we can actually deliver them,” Ferguson said. “It’s going to be yet another tool, it’s not the only one that we have, but it’s another tool that we can use to look for impaired drivers.”
SGI has supplied half a million dollars in funding to train DRE’s over the last three years.